Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers filed a new application for his release in State Supreme Court on Wednesday night, reiterating their client’s earlier offer to put up $1 million cash bail and wear an ankle monitor. The new application also said that Mr. Strauss-Kahn would remain under 24-hour home confinement in the apartment recently rented by his wife, with an armed guard posted outside — presumably to ensure he stays inside. He also submitted a waiver of extradition, should the American authorities need to get him back from France.
In case DSK feels like joining Roman Polanski,
The judge, Justice Michael J. Obus of State Supreme Court in Manhattan, agreed to those conditions, also requiring $5 million bond to be posted.
The indictment charges Mr. Strauss-Kahn with a criminal sexual act in the first degree, attempted rape, sexual abuse in the first and third degrees, unlawful imprisonment in the second degree and forcible touching. Several of the charges are high-level felonies. The most serious carries up to 25 years in prison.
Disgraced former Gov. Eliot Spitzer has been privately talking with friends about a possible comeback, and is considering a run for statewide office next year, several sources told The Post.
Less than 18 months after he left Albany in a prostitution scandal, Spitzer has held informal discussions in recent weeks about the possibility of making a bid for state comptroller or the US Senate seat currently held by Kirsten Gillibrand, sources said.
The hooker-happy Democrat has also discussed his own halfway-decent poll numbers in recent surveys, which have shown him more popular than Gov. Paterson, whose own numbers have tanked.
Paterson’s about as popular as root canal work, so Spitzer’s encouraged by “halfway-decent poll numbers.” Glass half full, Eliot?
But hey, the wee wifey’s standing by his side, so that makes it all right, doesn’t it?
Wall street lawyers, investment bankers, CEOs and media executives often used corporate credit cards to pay for $2,000 an hour prostitutes, according to the madam who ran one of New York’s biggest and most expensive escort services until it was busted last year.
These Wall street lawyers, investment bankers, CEOs and media executives who don’t have enough brains to pay cash are the same geniuses who now are begging for government bailouts.
Which goes a long way towards explaining why we are where we are.
UPDATE Ed points out that the madam kicked out Eliot Spitzer for demanding unprotected sex with her staff.
In the past few days I have begun to atone for my private failings
Only because you got caught, Eliot.
with my wife, Silda, my children, and my entire family.
If he had any honor at all he would NEVER mention them at all. If he was a man, he would have actually sent them out of the country to spare them all this humiliation.
The remorse I feel will always be with me. Words cannot describe how grateful I am for the love and compassion they have shown me. From those to whom much is given, much is expected. I have been given much: the love of my family, the faith and trust of the people of New York, and the chance to lead this state. I am deeply sorry that I did not live up to what was expected of me. To every New Yorker, and to all those who believed in what I tried to stand for, I sincerely apologize.
It’s all about Eliot, Eliot and more Eliot: eleven “my”, “me” and “I”.
I look at my time as governor with a sense of what might have been, but I also know that as a public servant I, and the remarkable people with whom I worked, have accomplished a great deal. There is much more to be done, and I cannot allow my private failings to disrupt the people’s work.
Translation: I’m setting up my comeback as we speak”.
Over the course of my public life, I have insisted, I believe correctly, that people, regardless of their position or power, take responsibility for their conduct. I can and will ask no less of myself. For this reason, I am resigning from the office of governor. At Lt. Gov. Paterson’s request, the resignation will be effective Monday, March 17, a date that he believes will permit an orderly transition.
Here you go: the start of the comeback tour is now official.
Then he did a little motivational speak to warm them up to the idea:
I go forward with the belief, as others have said, that as human beings, our greatest glory consists not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. As I leave public life, I will first do what I need to do to help and heal myself and my family. Then I will try once again, outside of politics, to serve the common good and to move toward the ideals and solutions which I believe can build a future of hope and opportunity for us and for our children.
Translation: Give it a couple of months, a carefully coreographed appearance with the Mrs on Oprah, a profitable book deal, and I’ll be back “for the children” and “the common good”.
And good luck to the guy who’s left holding the bag,
I hope all of New York will join my prayers for my friend, David Paterson, as he embarks on his new mission, and I thank the public once again for the privilege of service.
New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer has been given a deadline to step down or face impeachment proceedings over allegations that he hired a prostitute.
I was looking at the headlines, which are sordid and will continue to get worse, particularly since in addition to the sex scandal,
Federal investigators say there is no evidence Spitzer used state money or campaign funds to pay the prostitutes, but that the way he moved an estimated $40,000 through various accounts violated federal money laundering laws.
And here is what Mrs. Spitzer should do: She needs to get her daughters out of the public eye, right now, right away.
How to do that?
She needs to leave the country with them (and hopefully another close relative), and go on an extended trip – possibly until after the November elections – to a place where they can live away from the American media. Possibly Switzerland, which is not papparrazzi-obsessed the way other countries in the EU are, and where her daughters could enroll in schools that have very high security.
I’m sure she has enough relations and contacts that would support her decision and help her settle (at least temporarily) in the new place. She has the money, she has the contacts; it needs to be done, right now.
The federal investigation of a New York prostitution ring was triggered by Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s suspicious money transfers, initially leading agents to believe Spitzer was hiding bribes, according to federal officials.
Mind you, Spitzer prosecuted enough prostitution rings to KNOW that would be the sure way to get found out:
Spitzer, who made his name by bringing high-profile cases against many of New York’s financial giants, is likely to be prosecuted under a relatively obscure statute called “structuring,” according to a Justice Department official.
Structuring involves creating a series of financial movements designed to obscure the true purpose of the payments.
Prosecutors reportedly have a series of e-mails and wiretapped phone conversations of Spitzer.
In a interview two years ago, Spitzer, then-attorney general, told ABC News he had some advice for people who break the law. “Never talk when you can nod, and never nod when you can wink, and never write an e-mail because it’s death. You’re giving prosecutors all the evidence we need,” he said.
The stupendously deluded belief that the sitting Governor of New York could purchase the services of prostitutes was merely the last act of a man unable to admit either the existence of, or need for, limits.
In today’s podcast at 11AM Eastern Rick Moran joins us to talk about Spitzer, and also about Barak Obama and Tony Rezko. I’ll also rant about all these political “wee wifeys” standing by their men, too.
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